Govt assures probe to go on; Cong demands resignation

SansadTV Bureau

Congress-genThe Central government has reiterated that probe in the Lalit Modi controversy involving his loan transactions with the firm owned by Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh will go on.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is on a 10-day visit to US, claimed that the authorities would continue to probe the matter till its conclusion.

“Whatever various assessing authorities in India have to do, its their job. They would continue to do that,” Jaitley said on the sidelines of a public event at the Stanford University.

Dushyant Singh, along with his mother Vasundhra Raje, has been under attack over the reports of his company receiving Rs 11.63 crore in investments from Modi in 2008.

Arun Jaitley’s assurance has come amid opposition Congress party’s repeated demands seeking Rajasthan CM Raje’s resignation. The party has been consistently stepping up attack on BJP leadership, and on Tuesday it once again targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the PM “was losing political capital” by trying to protect Union Foreign minister and Rajasthan chief minister through his continued silence.

“Ministers in Government of India are neither heads of investigation agencies nor judges in the court of law and it is very surprising that they, before investigation is conducted or finished by ED, are giving clean chits to people against whom there are serious allegations,” Rajasthan PCC chief Sachin Pilot told the press.

“The Congress party will raise it in parliament and in the state assembly sessions,” he added. Earlier, the leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge too had spoken about taking on Modi-led government in the Parliament over the issue in an upcoming Monsoon session.

Apart from Vasundhra Raje, Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is also facing allegations of helping out former IPL boss Lalit Modi with his travel papers last year at the time when his passport was under revocation by the Indian authorities. While the Rajasthan CM is facing questions over the allegations of helping out Lalit Modi for his immigration to UK on the terms of strict secrecy.

Ever since the controversy has broken out, Congress party has resorted to an aggressive posture demanding resignation of two. Their cadres and workers even held protest outside the official residence of the two.

The issue of two of its prominent leaders caught in Lalit Modi controversy has even got BJP leadership worried with reports of BJP President Amit Shah meeting Prime Minister Modi last week to discuss the possible fallouts of the entire episode.

And now a statement by one its MP may just increase the trouble for the ruling party. On Tuesday, BJP MP and a former Home Secretary, RK Singh struck a seemingly discordant note saying “any help to a fugitive is legally and morally wrong”.

“If anybody helps a ‘bhagoda’ (fugitive), it is wrong. This is wrong legally as well as morally. If anybody meets a fugitive, it is absolutely wrong,” RK Singh told the press.

Though, he didn’t name either of the leaders in the middle of controversy but urged his own government to take all measures to bring Lalit Modi back to India to face the law.